Android continues to dominate the mobile phone operating system in Australia, following 11.3 per cent growth in the past year.
The Google creation is now installed on 58 per cent of handsets in the country, including devices like the Samsung Galaxy S3 and LG Nexus 4.
Its popularity may be mainly due to the wide variety of gadgets on offer, which accommodate a range of budgets and tastes.
Microsoft's software share has also increased, perhaps thanks to the recent release of Windows Phone 8.
The new operating system features on high-end Nokia Lumia 920 and HTC 8X smartphones, which are available in a range of bright colours.
Apple's iOS experienced a 5.4 per cent drop in the customer base, indicating that people were more likely to opt for alternatives to the iPhone in 2012.
However, the American manufacturer's operating system remains in second place with total share of 35.9 per cent.
The latest version, iOS 6, offered iPhone owners a host of improvements and new features, including the Passbook app.
Posted by Claire Marshall